Storms slam, flood holigay party spot Pensacola

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The worst flooding Florida has seen in years drenched Pensacola and left much of the coastal city underwater this week. But take a deep breath, holigay partiers headed there for Memorial Day. The beach got dinged but it's OK.

The bout of severe weather slammed the region on Tuesday night and into Wednesday, dropping five inches of rain on Pensacola Beach. That's the heart of the big gay party that fills the beaches with thousands of LGBT tourists for the Memorial Day holiday in late May.

How bad was it? Pretty bad, according to NBC News.

Five inches of rain fell on Pensacola, Fla., in a single hour, from 9 to 10 p.m. Tuesday — more than during the entirety of Hurricane Ivan, which rolled through in 2004, said Kevin Roth, lead meteorologist for The Weather Channel.

The beach was soaked but it escaped the flooding that slammed downtown Pensacola, according to the Pensacola News Journal.

Speaking from an almost empty Casino Beach parking lot, Lt. Mike Ward from the Escambia County Sheriff's Department said “out here on the beach, we were extremely fortunate.”

Most of the standing water that covered Via de Luna this morning had since drained off. And a few stalled and abandoned cars had since been removed, according to Lt. Ward.

The Portofino, the collection of resort towers that fill with gay party-goers, didn't report any damage. Nor did Capt'n Fun Beach Club, which plays host to Sexacola Pride. That's the party for lesbians from the owners of My Sister's Room in East Atlanta.

The storms closed big gay dance club Emerald City, but the venue re-opened on Wednesday night.


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Memorial Weekend Pensacola, the weekend of parties from longtime gay promoter Johnny Chisholm, shared photos of a drenched Pensacola and its beach. But late Wednesday, they offered a hopeful message that will please gay Atlanta tourists readying their swimsuits and abs for the big weekend.


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So, just try not to trash the place again this year.

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